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Repentance Changes the Way I Think

As I grow in Christ, I am so grateful that the Lord caused a revolution in my viewpoint. I love my life. Gayle and I serve a wonderful church filled with sincere believers; I have a wonderful family that is loving, respectful, and responsible; and Gayle and I are in our early 60s with exceptional health, and we are at peace with life.

I woke up at 4:00 this morning with a desire to listen to the Word. I slipped out of bed and came downstairs and listened to four chapters from 1 Timothy. Afterwards, I felt so grateful for the freedom God has given me in my life.

Hosea 14:1-2 talks about how God provides healing for the repentant,

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
for your sins have brought you down.

Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord.
Say to him,
“Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us,
so that we may offer you our praises.

When he writes, “so that we may offer you our praises,” it helps me realize that being able to be thankful, to pray, to worship, and to be grateful, are gifts that so many never enjoy. Here I am in the early morning hours, with the cold wind blowing outside and everyone else in our home sleeping soundly in their comfortable beds, thanking God for his goodness. It’s a gift. It’s the fruit of repentance.

Every one of us who have come so far because of him have great reasons for celebration.

Repentance changes the way we think. And for that, I am grateful.


By tedhaggardblog

Ted Haggard is the Sr. Pastor of St. James Church in Colorado Springs, CO and founding pastor of New Life Church and past president of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is the husband of Gayle, and the father of Christy, Marcus, Jonathan, Alex and Elliott.

4 replies on “Repentance Changes the Way I Think”

I am up early today too, finding that this is the best time to meditate and read the Word, think about what I am grateful for as well. Today I am remembering the day I received the Lord when I was nine years old, 1971!
I am grateful for the young woman who introduced me to Jesus as we sat together in the steps of the altar at Circle Dr., Baptist Church here in Colorado Springs. That is a memory that is very vivid and I am grateful for that day and for that lady for she start that is a memory that is very vivid and I am grateful for that day and for that lady for she introduced me to Jesus and I made my Lord that day!
PTL that I understood the meaning of repentance and to this day I have grown in my understanding and in my loving relationship with my Lord Jesus -Yeshua!

4am is my normal wake-up time. Someday I’m hoping to change that to 6am. Meanwhile, this is where it’s at. Maybe a part of me wants to meet with God to get His attention first thing before everyone else bends His ear, I don’t know. But I do know that you are absolutely correct in that repentance changes the way you think. This has been my experience also. I would only add that it keeps changing the way you think, and continues to draw us closer to this amazing Creator-God. From glory to glory He’s changing me. For this I am truly grateful!

Love this post. I completely agree. One of the most powerful chapters of my life was the simple realization that I was wrong. I thought I was correct in my thinking, but I was wrong. It was so freeing to realize that I was wrong, and realize it’s okay that I was wrong. After that, I was free to discover the right ways. 🙂

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